6 travel apps you’ll actually use

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go, your phone is so full of travel apps it’s far too slow. We know the feeling. Nobody needs a phone full of gimmicky apps that are never to be used on the road. So whether you’re staycationing in the UK or flying across the Atlantic, we’ve rounded up our favourite tools for every digital nomad, family traveller and backpacker.

Our top 6 travel apps for 2017:

1. Maps.me

Far, far superior to Google Maps, Maps.me will talk directions at you while you drive, when not connected to any Gs or wifi, even in the Indian backcountry. It takes a little getting used to, and wifi/good 4G is needed initially to download the map to your phone. But it works like a dream once you’ve got the hang of it.

2. Wolfram Sun Exposure

This app is a Godsend, for families, sun worshippers and fair-skinned folk. Wolfram helps you manage your time in the sun safely with great detail and information. All you need to do is enter your skin type and calculate how long you can spend baking in the sun before getting burned. The app uses the time of day, your location and strength of SPF your wearing to determine all of this, and also provides UV forecasts for where you are.

3. XE Currency

The world’s number one site for currency exchange, has of course, made an app for that. It has a whole host of business features that you probably won’t use, but the XE Currency app easily functions offline and can convert every currency in the world.

4. Google Translate

Although this is a great app for honing your communication skills while travelling. It’s most useful feature is the ability to translate day-to-day words that you may come across in supermarkets, driving on motorways or in a restaurant. You can even hold your camera up to a text and Google will translate it for you. An easy, accessible and essential app for anyone travelling abroad.

5. TripAdvisor

If you’re booking hotels as you go, or looking for somewhere to take the family for dinner, TripAdvisor is the way to the best rated things to do, see and eat in your area. People’s honest opinions are valuable in this world where everything is available all of the time, and 100s of reviews don’t lie!

6. PackPoint

Packing is the bane of every traveller – whether a family camping trip in the UK or a wild escape to Peru. Inevitably, we always pack too much and take more things than we need. This is where the PackPoint travel apps come in. The packing app provides a checklist of essentials you need, depending on the nature of your trip, duration, destination and reason for travel. It’s magic at the swipe of a finger and will save loads of time and money on airline luggage surcharges!

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